Picture of the front right of the Sony SRS XG500 Boombox Bluetooth speaker

How to Bass Boost Sony SRS XG500 Speaker

You can change how loud the bass is on the Sony SRS XG500, by turning on and off its bass boost mode. When switched on, this mode makes the passive bass radiators on the sides vibrate much more, and adds a low rumble quality to the playing program, that travels pretty far from the speaker.  So, for you boom lovers, this post shows how to bass boost this speaker, to get that extra umph.

You can control bass boost on the XG 500 in a few ways as follows.

    1. Use the MEGA BASS button on the speaker itself.
    2. Work the bass switch in the Sony Music Center App.
    3. Make fine bass adjustments in the EQ section of the Music Center app.

We’ll cover all of these options below.

Bass Boost on the Sony SRS XG500 Speaker Itself

How to Turn Off Bass Boost

By default, this speaker has bass boost mode turned ON when fresh out of the box or after a reset. So any time you run this speaker, and you haven’t switched OFF this bass boost, then the MEGA BASS light glows, as we see in the next picture.

Picture of the red glowing MEGA BASS lamp on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker.
The red glowing MEGA BASS lamp on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker.

When in effect, bass boost also adds a bit of treble in addition to lots of extra bass to the audio output as compared to when this mode is OFF.

Picture of the MEGA BASS button on the Sony SRS XG500 boombox speaker.
The MEGA BASS button on the Sony SRS XG500 boombox speaker.

You can turn bass boost mode OFF by quickly pressing and releasing the MEGA BASS  button as pointed out by the green arrow in the last picture.

Picture of the dark MEGA BASS lamp on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker.
The dark MEGA BASS lamp on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker.

The MEGA BASS lamp then goes out.  See this darkness in the last picture.





How to Turn ON Bass Boost

To enable bass boost once more, quickly press and release the MEGA BASS button. The MEGA BASS lamp then lights up red.

How to Bass Boost the Sony SRS XG500 In The Music Center App

In addition to by way of the MEGA BASS button on the speaker itself, you can also control bass boosting in Sony’s Music Center app as well.

1. Install the Music Center App

So first, download and install this app on your source Bluetooth device (phone, tablet, computer, or media player). We did this on a test iPad Air.

Screenshot of the Sony Music Center app icon on iPadOS.
The Sony Music Center app icon on iPadOS.

2. Pair your Sony XG500 with This Same Device

We did this as we show next.

Screenshot of the Sony SRS XG500 speaker showing as connected on iPadOS.
The Sony SRS XG500 speaker showing as connected on iPadOS.

3. Run the Music Center App

Upon startup, Music Center looks for any compatible Sony products.  And since the XG500 indeed works with this app, the app does indeed find the speaker.  Then it displays the Home page for the 500 as we see next.

Screenshot of the Sony Music Center app, showing the SRS XG500 speaker Home page.
The Sony Music Center app, showing the SRS XG500 speaker Home page.

4. Bring Up the Settings Page

Then, scroll the screen down to the Settings item at the bottom of the options list.

Screenshot of the Settings option on the Sony SRS XG500 home screen.
The Settings option on the Sony SRS XG500 home screen.

Next, tap Settings, and you’ll get the Settings screen, as we see next.

Screenshot of the Sound option on the Settings page.
The Sound option on the Settings page.

5. Visit the Sound Page

Tap the Sound option, pointed out in the last screenshot.  You then get the Sound page, as we see next.

Screenshot of the Sound Effect option on the Sound page.
The Sound Effect option on the Sound page.

6. Bring Up the Sound Options Screen

Tap the Sound Effect option that we see in the last picture.  Then, the Sound Effects page then comes up, and looks as we see next.

Screenshot of the Sound Effects page.
The Sound Effects screen.

Now on this screen, note that the MEGA BASS option is active. You can turn it OFF here by tapping the OFF option.  And then you can enable it again by tapping the MEGA BASS option.  These actions take immediate effect on the speaker, as you’ll be able to see the MEGA BASS lamp switching ON and OFF as you work these options in the app.

7. Tap the Custom Option to Adjust Bass Boost

Now if you want to do more with the bass boost than simply turn it ON and OFF, then tap the Custom item.  This option is the last item in the list of options on the Sound Effects screen, as we see next.

Screenshot of The Custom option on the Sound Effects page.
The Custom option on the Sound Effects page.

Tapping Custom  takes you back to the Sound page that looks a bit different this time, as we show next.

Screenshot of the Sound Effects option now set to Custom.
The Sound Effects option now set to Custom.

Now, the value of the Sound Effect option is now CUSTOM, whereas before, it was MEGA BASS.

8. Bring Up the EQ (equalizer) Page

Tap the Custom EQ option on the Sound page. We highlight it next.

Screenshot of the Custom EQ option on the Sound page.
The Custom EQ option on the Sound page.

Touching this option brings up a three band graphic equalizer page.  Now by default, this EQ is set to FLAT for all frequency bands, as we see next.

Screenshot of the Custom EQ screen with all sliders set to FLAT.
The Custom EQ screen with all sliders set to FLAT.

But you can get maximum bass boost by moving these slider controls as follows.  For example, lower the other two frequency bands to minimum, but raise the BASS one to maximum, as we show next.

Screenshot of the Custom EQ page with controls set to max bass boost.
The Custom EQ page with controls set to max bass boost.

When set this way, you get the highest amount of bass that the XG500 speaker is capable of producing. But be careful !

Warning

The drivers really thump when bass boost is active.  So be cautious in how loudly you play this speaker with the bass boosted, to avoid damage to the speaker drivers. If the bass is crackling, tapping, or otherwise distorting, turn it down or readjust the EQ !

Conclusion

So we have now shown how to get the most boosted bass from your Sony SRS XG300 mini boombox speaker.  Do enjoy !

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References for How to Bass Boost the Sony SRS XG500 Speaker

    1. Sony SRS XG500 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Product Page, on Sony.com

Revision History

    • 2022-09-28: First published.
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